99 Steps to the Blackbeard’s Castle

Charlotte Amalie

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99 Steps to the Blackbeard’s Castle

The many winding steps of Charlotte Amalie were built in the mid 1700s. The bricks for the steps were brought all the way from Denmark as ballast in the empty hulls of the sailing ships. The picturesque 99 steps attract the most foot traffic and cameras. How could one resist this narrow stairway, adorned with flowers on both sides! The original name if the street can be translated as the Greater Tower Street. The steps lead to the Blackbeard’s Castle — a 17th century watch tower. The tower has been closed to visitors since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the view from up above is still stunning.

Do & See

There are plenty of things to explore in Charlotte Amelie: up in the hills, by the sea and underwater. Culture, food and drinks, stunning nature and delightful shopping opportunities — you'll never get bored.